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Heading Home Project

The Albuquerque Heading Home Project identifies needy residents, provides housing, and engages the non-profit community.

Need Assistance?

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, call 311 or (505) 768-2000.

About ABQ Heading Home

Background information about Albuquerque Heading Home:

  • Started in February 2011, when 900 eligible individuals (chronically homeless, medically vulnerable) were identified on the streets of Albuquerque
  • The number of chronically homeless on Albuquerque's streets has decreased by 80 percent since the program's inception
  • Not only is permanent stable housing a solution to homelessness it is also a health solution - 83 percent of the individuals housed through ABQ Heading Home suffer from a Behavioral Health issue
  • It is 31.6 percent cheaper to house people than it is to leave them on the streets
  • Albuquerque Heading Home has a 81 percent retention rate
  • After the first year, jail costs decreased by almost 96 percent - a savings of about $43,000 per person.

Albuquerque Heading Home is decreasing the burden of man-power and overhead used to respond and care for homeless individuals who are in crisis, therefore decreasing the utilization of first responders and freeing them up for emergencies and other public safety incidents, while also alleviating costs for local hospitals and medical care providers.

Numbers Housed

As of June 2015:

  • Albuquerque Heading Home: 441
  • Vets Heading Home: 21
  • Heading Home Families: 42
  • Total: 504

* All of these numbers include family members.

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